Favorite Dystopian Films

A Listmania! list by Nicolas "The Cinephile" (Manhattan, NYC)
The list author says: "A typical dystopia paints a picture of government or society attempting to exert control over free thought, authority, energy, freedom of information. Others focus on systematic discrimination and limitations based on a variety of factors - genetics, fertility, intelligence, and age being a few examples."
Akira (Geneon Signature Series)
1.  Akira (Geneon Signature Series) DVD ~ Nozomu Sasaki
The list author says:
  "Classic Anime.  mind blowing."
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Battle Royale (Director's Cut Collector's Edition)
2.  Battle Royale (Director's Cut Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Takeshi Kitano
The list author says:
  "Horrifying.  Surprisingly deep for what could of been a shallow excuse for violence(which its sequel was)."
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Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (Two-Disc Special Edition)
3.  Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Harrison Ford
The list author says:
  "Perhaps the definitive dystopic film.  Must see"
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Brazil (The Criterion Collection Three-Disc Special Edition)
4.  Brazil (The Criterion Collection Three-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Jonathan Pryce
The list author says:
  "Like Orwell's 1984 filtered through Bunuel.  One of Gilliam's best."
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Children of Men
5.  Children of Men DVD ~ Clive Owen
The list author says:
  "Masterfully suspenseful.  and also quite touching."
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Escape from New York
6.  Escape from New York DVD ~ Kurt Russell
The list author says:
  "A dark and crazy film.  Great Anti-hero, done right.  he really does only care about himself."
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The Matrix [DVD] (1999)
7.  The Matrix [DVD] (1999) DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
The list author says:
  "Don't bother with the sequels, they're not horrible but they will make you appreciate this brilliant movie less.  Keanu Reeves still can't act though."
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Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition)
8.  Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition) DVD ~ Brigitte Helm
The list author says:
  "Maybe the first dystopic film ever.  Still influencing people today.  A longer version is coming to DVD soon.  YAY!"
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Minority Report (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
9.  Minority Report (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Colin Farrell
The list author says:
  "Fun and smart.  With a good mystery and wrong man formula thrown in(Hitchcockian).  Hard not to enjoy this.  Makes you ponder the fate, destiny, and free will."
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A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen)
10.  A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen) DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
The list author says:
  "One of the few Dystopic films that touches on drugs(Books seem to do this a lot and really well)."
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Strange Days
11.  Strange Days DVD ~ Ralph Fiennes
The list author says:
  "Modern Cyber Punk cinema.  Cameron produced this and his then wife directed.  Good, but becomes very standard towards the end.  had great potential."
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Alien Quadrilogy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection)
12.  Alien Quadrilogy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection) DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "The first one is incredible and scary.
The second one is action packed."
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Robocop (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
13.  Robocop (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Peter Weller
The list author says:
  "Satirical and a masterpiece for its kind.  Ultra violent, maybe Verhoeven's best american film."
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Total Recall (1990)
14.  Total Recall (1990) DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "Another American Verhoeven.  Fascinating making of story of how the production finally came together (took years).  One of those movies with an ambiguous ending but still great."
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Repo Men
15.  Repo Men DVD ~ Jude Law
The list author says:
  "a newer film that didn't get much notice.  Great use of music in it and some really terrific ending.  One of the most perverse "sex" scenes without penetration in a film I've seen."
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Ghost in the Shell
16.  Ghost in the Shell DVD ~ Atsuko Tanaka
The list author says:
  "Another Anime classic.  The Mangas have a huge cult following."
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Videodrome (The Criterion Collection)
17.  Videodrome (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ James Woods
The list author says:
  "Cronenberg in familiar territory but this is one of his best. Still relevant today."
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The Terminator
18.  The Terminator DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "Everyone knows about this one."
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
19.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "Better then the first, maybe the greatest sequel since Godfather 2."
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20.  9 DVD ~ Christopher Plummer
The list author says:
  "Short and not as involving as the short film with no dialogue but this is worth a look."
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12 Monkeys (Special Edition)
21.  12 Monkeys (Special Edition) DVD ~ Bruce Willis
The list author says:
  "remake of La Jetee that is an entity unto itself.  A wonderful adaptation."
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La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection)
22.  La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Étienne Becker
The list author says:
  "La Jetee- a film done entirely in still photos.  Intense and mindblowing."
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The Road
23.  The Road DVD ~ Viggo Mortensen
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28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition)
24.  28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) DVD ~ Ray Panthaki
The list author says:
  "Man wakes up and the world is gone from a rabies like virus.  Great craftsmanship from Boyle."
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2001 - A Space Odyssey (Two-Disc Special Edition)
25.  2001 - A Space Odyssey (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Keir Dullea
The list author says:
  "Kubrick's warning about man destroying himself with technology.  From the first weapon to artificial intelligence.  Must see."
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A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)
26.  A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Malcolm McDowell
The list author says:
  "Kubrick tackles Burgess. Free will and reformation."
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Blindness
27.  Blindness DVD ~ Maury Chaykin
The list author says:
  "Definitely read the book.  Little too depressing to be made into a film but this is a worthy effort.  F'd up is putting it lightly."
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Mad Max (Special Edition)
28.  Mad Max (Special Edition) DVD ~ Mel Gibson
The list author says:
  "of course.  Great Low budget actioner."
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The Road Warrior (Keepcase)
29.  The Road Warrior (Keepcase) DVD ~ Mel Gibson
The list author says:
  "Out does the first."
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Wall-E (Single-Disc Edition)
30.  Wall-E (Single-Disc Edition) DVD ~ Ben Burtt
The list author says:
  "Pixar tackles dystopic future.  Brilliant and enchanting.  The main character has no dialogue besides one or two words."
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Alphaville (The Criterion Collection)
31.  Alphaville (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Eddie Constantine
The list author says:
  "Godard tackles Lemy Caution.  French New Wave.  society literally gone to hell."
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The City of Lost Children
32.  The City of Lost Children DVD ~ Briac Barthelemy
The list author says:
  "Visually extraordinary and unique.  Perfectly compliments a story about dreams being stolen.  Style and substance evenly on par."
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A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
33.  A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Haley Joel Osment
The list author says:
  "Not great.  but has its moments of greatness.  Biggest complaint is the homages to Kubrick.  We don't need to see a shot/homage from Dr.Strangelove in a dinner scene Stevie."
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They Live
34.  They Live DVD ~ Roddy Piper
The list author says:
  "I was surprised how great this was.  What is really going around you?  Are you paying attention?"
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Dark City (Director's Cut)
35.  Dark City (Director's Cut) DVD ~ Rufus Sewell
The list author says:
  "One of those films you appreciate the more you watch it.  Should be better known."
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Sleeper
36.  Sleeper DVD ~ Woody Allen
The list author says:
  "Woody Allen spoofs the genre while not looking down on it.  One of his early Funny ones."
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Shame (Special Edition)
37.  Shame (Special Edition) DVD ~ Liv Ullmann
The list author says:
  "A film that really shows Bergman's master strokes at manipulating your emotions for characters.  unforgettable."
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Delicatessen (Special Edition)
38.  Delicatessen (Special Edition) DVD ~ Marie-Laure Dougnac
The list author says:
  "From the directors of City of Lost Children.  One of those films you feel high while watching."
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Time of the Wolf
39.  Time of the Wolf DVD ~ Isabelle Huppert
The list author says:
  "Haneke's post apocalyptic tale.  Predates Cormac McCarthy's The Road but is eerily similar.  Starts with a shock.  Not a light film at all."
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